Risa came to see me this summer for a Total Makeover and Photoshoot, and she immediately looked gorgeous and natural. Within just a few weeks, she has quickly become a regular at the DC Trans Ladies Meetup events. She has attended soirees in Fairfax, a DC club night, and wine bar nights including Cheesetique, shown below.
Jizzelle and I vacationed to the San Francisco Bay area for a long weekend in August, escaping the summer heat of Washington, DC. We stayed at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel on Union Square. We loved the upstairs Starlight Room, where the host gave us excellent service and welcomed us with open arms. On Friday, we went out to dinner with friends at Seven Hills Restaurant, where I wore my custom polka dot corset from The Fitting Room in Seattle paired with a skirt, petticoat, and shoes from Tatyana’s Boutique in San Francisco. Not shown but present nonetheless: my garter belt from Dark Garden in San Francisco. Yes, we loved shopping at the San Francisco boutiques. On Saturday, we took a day trip to wineries in Green Valley in Russian River Valley including Merry Edwards and Dutton Goldfield. Then we drove to the town of Jenner for dinner at River’s End, where we watched the sun set and the fog roll in. The next day we were exhausted from the packed weekend and happy to fly home to DC.
Jizzelle dressed for much of the trip, and we were treated with dignity and respect everywhere we went. Thank you, Jizzelle, for a wonderful vacation.
DC photographer, Cassidy DuHon, is shooting a photo series to highlight the importance of open inclusion of transgender service members in the US military. Under current regulations, Active Duty and Reserve military personnel can lose their jobs simply for identifying as transgender. Cassidy wants to help change that. His series will feature the contrast between trans people in their service uniforms and the attire they feel most comfortable in. The series will highlight and humanize the political and social issues faced by the trans community.
After hearing rave reviews from friends and clients whom he photographed, I finally met Cassidy last week and had the pleasure to watch him shoot one of my clients after her makeup makeover. I was impressed with his knowledge of the trans community, his desire to make a difference, and how he put my client at ease. He agreed to share a sneak peek of his photo series in the below gallery.
Cassidy Duhon’s Model Call for Transgender Active Duty, Reservists, and Veterans:
I’m interested in trans models of any gender who are willing to be photographed in a dressed up or “evening” look, as well as photographed in the military uniform, medals, or insignia of their choice. Styling is up to you. A standard photo release is required. All shoots need to take place on the same roof in Shaw, DC to give the photos a consistent look. While the photos will feature your identity visually, no personal information will be attached to the photos. The shoot only takes an hour or two.”
Contact Cassidy directly via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you wish to book makeup and styling with me before your shoot with Cassidy, please book online at http://makeoverswithelizabethtaylor.fullslate.com
I have been following your work on Facebook and your website and absolutely love it! I would like to spend a whole day just being me. I’d love to get a makeover and take photos. Then I want to get out and do everyday things like shopping, browsing museums, dining and clubbing. Maybe we can throw in an outfit change or two and change over from daytime to evening makeup.
And I’d love to meet up with other trans-women during my stay and form friendships with other people like me. I don’t feel comfortable going out as a woman where I live, because I’m afraid I’ll be recognized and the trans-community is not well-established where I live. I’ll probably need to stay overnight since I’m coming from out-of-state. Where should I stay? What package do you suggest? Can you make this happen, Beth? (Adapted from several recent messages I received)
-I just want to be me
Hi I just want to be me,
It sounds like you have quite the full itinerary in mind! To get in most of the fun you propose, I suggest the 12-hour Total Makeover with Full Day Immersion package. We’ll meet at my Northern Virginia makeover studio around noon. We’ll spend about 3 to 4 hrs on selecting your outfits for the day, makeup, and photos. Feel free to bring several outfits, wigs, shoes, accessories, etc. that we can choose from throughout the day for our photos and outings. We can always mix and match from your collection and mine. After that, we will start exploring the DC metro area based on your interests and desires.
Shopping: What are you interested in shopping for? If you’d like to shop for clothing or shoes, what sizes fit you best and what styles and pieces interest you? The Springfield Town Center and Pentagon City Mall and nearby shopping areas such as Pentagon Row have several great stores for a variety of sizes and styles. Old Town Alexandria is great for a combination of window and casual shopping, walking along the waterfront, and feeling like you stepped into a piece of history. Plus Old Town Alexandria has great photo opportunities for on-location pictures.
Museums: If you’re looking to visit the Smithsonian museums, most of them close at 5:30 p.m. while the Portrait Gallery closes at 7 p.m. and the National Gallery of Art closes at 5 p.m. So we may want to meet earlier than noon if that’s the case. We should allow about 30 minutes driving time from my studio to any of these museums plus 15 minutes for parking and walking to them.
Dining & Meeting up with other TG women: The Washington, DC Metro Area has lots of options for food from casual to fine dining and everything in-between. Some of my personal favorites include wine bars like Cheesetique and the LGBT karaoke bar, Freddie’s Beach Bar. Let me know what kind of food, atmosphere, and price range you’re looking for and I’ll propose some options. Dinner and drinks present a perfect opportunity to meet up with other TG women, whom I can invite via the DC Trans Ladies Meetup Group.
Clubbing: For lounges and clubs, I tend to prefer LGBT venues such as Freddie’s Beach Bar, Town DanceBoutique, Cobalt, and Ziegfeld’s/Secrets. Freddie’s is pretty casual and more karaoke lounge and bar than a club. Town has two levels of dancefloor, an outdoor patio, and a quiet indoor lounge. Cobalt has a lounge with an adjacent dance floor and a more intense dance scene on the top floor. Ziegfeld’s/Secrets offers drag shows on the first floor and male dancers and dancing on the second floor. The place(s) we choose totally depends on what you’re into. Fridays and Saturdays are the best nights for clubbing.
Wow! Now that’s a lot of fun to try to accomplish in one day, so we will have to prioritize your interests so you have the best time possible. If meeting other TG women is a priority for you, we can also invite TG women to join us for shopping, museums, photos, etc. in addition to dinner. Just let me know what kind of fun you want to have, and I will work to make it happen.
Now for some logistics:
Lodging: For lodging, I suggest staying pretty close to my studio so that it’s a short drive or cab ride back after a long day of fun. The closest place to me is Courtyard Alexandria Pentagon South. Nearby Leesburg Pike (Rt. 7) in Alexandria offers both the Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites. If you’re on a budget or prefer the old-style motel with room doors that open directly into the parking lot, try the Highlander Motor Inn. It’s quite basic but clean. If you’re looking to spend some time exploring your hotel destination the day before or after your makeover experience, then I recommend staying in Old Town Alexandria. Kimpton offers three hotels in Old Town and is my personal favorite chain for vacationing.
Transportation & Expenses: You’ll be responsible for any taxis, Ubers, and parking fees. I am happy to drive us once you’ve arrived at my studio until we return. You’ll be responsible for covering meals, drinks, and cover charges for the two of us.
Booking: To view my availability and book online, visit http://makeoverswithelizabethtaylor.fullslate.com . For a 12-hour session, you will be my only client for the day, and we can adjust your start and end times to best reflect the activities that are important to you. If you aren’t seeing any 12-hour openings on my calendar, contact me with the dates you’re interested in so I can confirm availability.
Well, I hope that gives you something to think about. Let me know what questions you have for me.
To being fabulous!
Elizabeth Anne Taylor
Serving transgender women and crossdressers in the Washington, DC Metro Area